The Implications Of Digital Media And Technology In Education

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Digital media and technology are a way of life in America, so it is no surprise that instructors and education reformers are turning to more and more of it. Instructors can incorporate images and videos into a lesson or use a simulation program that resembles a video game; the possibilities seem endless. The bandwagon approach to education reform brought about countless new digital products and programs, but the effectiveness and unintended consequences of these tools and methods are still being analyzed. While device technology and programs may enhance teaching and learning experiences, school administrators should proceed cautiously when choosing and implementing new technologies. Over the last century, every generation envisioned profound reforms in education by using radio, movies, machines, and broadcasts as teaching aids. Thomas Edison wholeheartedly supported the use of motion pictures for educational purposes and even predicted that they would replace textbooks almost completely. Device technology and the Internet are simply newer tools, but many education experts and reformers insist that …show more content…
Many students spend several hours a day using electronics; much of that time is dedicated to social media or games and other entertainment. Technology and electronic devices often give students an abstract, symbolic stage to play on which could cause a disconnect from the real, human world. Postman acknowledges the potential trade-off when he says, “If, indeed, the idea of a school will be dramatically altered, what kinds of learning will be neglected, perhaps made impossible?” (378). Devices and programs can simulate an experience, but do not offer the deep engagement of the senses and emotions that hands-on activity and the human factor do. This artificial world should be balanced by real-life

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